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Panic at the Disco (formed 2004)
Panic at the Disco (formerly spelled Panic! at the Disco) is a band from Las Vegas. Their sound features various influences, such as electronica, rock, dance and punk.
The Beginnings: Panic at the Disco formed in Summerlin, Las Vegas. Ryan Ross (guitar) and Spencer Smith (drums) were childhood friends. They started off playing Blink-182 covers, in various guises, and then created the band 'Summer League' with Brent Wilson and Trevor (who has since left the band). At Palo Verde High School, Wilson met Brendon Urie and he was invited to play guitar for the band. When they heard him sing, however, he was instantly promoted to lead singer status.
Pete Wentz, of Fall Out Boy signed Panic at the Disco to his Decaydance label after they sent him a link to their PureVolume site.
The Rise to Fame: Panic at the Disco's debut album, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out was released in 2005. Although the band gradually built a fanbase via MySpace and their PureVolume site, the album was not recognized on any significant commercial scale. In January 2006, the band was featured on MTV's Total Request Live show, where the video for 'I Write Sins, Not Tragedies' was shown for the first time. The video later won Video of the Year at the MTV Video Music Awards. The single reached number seven in the US charts.
The band's newfound popularity saw them pushed up to second-billing on the Truckstops & Statelines Winter Tour in 2006 and their album outsold that of the headliner's (The Academy Is.) during the tour.
Panic at the Disco's second single, 'But It's Better If You Do', was released in May 2006, peaking at number 23 in the UK charts.
That same month, Brent Wilson left the band. He claims that he was fired, following an argument about the band's finances, but the rest of the band deny this. Jon Walker, a long-term friend of the band, took over Wilson's duties on bass following his departure. They underwent their first European headline tour, followed by a US tour supporting bands such as OK Go and the Dresden Dolls.
In August 2006, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out was certified Platinum, as the album had sold over one million copies. That month, the band played at Reading Festival in England and Brendan Urie was temporarily knocked out, having been struck by a bottle thrown by an audience member.
In late 2006, Panic at the Disco began touring with Bloc Party but Bloc Party were forced to pull out when drummer Matt Tong suffered a punctured lung. They were replaced with Plain White T's and then Cobra Starship. Panic at the Disco were featured on a special edition soundtrack to Tim Burton's animated film The Nightmare Before Christmas, covering 'This Is Halloween'. They also covered Smashing Pumpkins' 'Tonight, Tonight' for a compilation given away with Spin magazine in June 2007.
The band's second album was released in March 2008, entitled Prettty.Odd. Prior to the album's release, a series of puzzles appeared on the band's websites, revealing lyrics, artwork and samples from the album. The album reached number two in both the UK charts and the US charts. It was also a number one hit in Australia.
P!ATD's 'Death of a Bachelor' entered the American charts at Number 1 last month, removing Bowie's 'Blackstar' in the process.
Panic! At The Disco frontman Brendon Urie has spoken of his shock and surprise at his new album entering the American Billboard charts at Number 1, knocking the likes of David Bowie and Adele down in the process.
The Las Vegas act’s fifth studio album, Death of a Bachelor, was released at the end of January and was revealed as their first ever chart topper, selling 190,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen Music.
Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco in November 2015
Panic! At The Disco have had a huge line-up change over the last few years and with Brendon Urie now being the only remaining original member, a brand new album was always going to pick up the ears of music critics. If 2008's effort Pretty. Odd. didn't make it obvious enough, Urie is keen to creep out from the stubborn shadow of emo pop-punk their revolutionary debut album A Fever You Can't Sweat Out created.
And we'll give him his due. Urie's valiant effort towards art rock across the band's discography is to be commended, but on every album the re-invention of Panic! At The Disco wasn't quite complete.
And then came their brand new LP, Death Of A Bachelor.
Continue reading: Panic! At The Disco - Death Of A Bachelor Album Review
Macaulay Culkin's band were forced off the stage in Nottingham after facing a disgruntled crowd. But which bands in music history have suffered worse fate at the hands of displeased crowds?
Macaulay Culkin and his pizza-themed Velvet Underground cover band, the imaginatively named The Pizza Underground, suffered the chagrin of a disgruntled crown in Nottingham during the city’s annual Dot To Dot festival. Culkin, who was by this point half-way through a European tour, beat a hasty retreat from the stage after being drenched with beer.
Macaulay isn't the first star to feel the audience's ire.
It proved, that in this age of disconnect, where audience members can turn to the comforts of smart phones during lacklustre gigs, music fans are still eager to openly voice their displeasure. Only a few days later, Culkin announced the cancellation of the remaining tour dates. He has not openly cited the event as the primary motivation for such a cancellation, but it seems all too obvious that the hostile reception he received had severely impacted the decision. Macaulay is far from being the first to suffer the wrath of an embittered crowd and few are safe from the ramifications of a poor or ill-judged performance. Here are ten examples of performers receiving a severe dressing down from irate audiences:
Miley Cyrus is predictably taking over charts across the land.
Miley Cyrus’ much hyped Bangerz debuted at the top of the Billboard Chart this week, because of course it did. Miley’s “strategic hot mess” of public appearances in the past three months left little doubt that the album would sell like hot cakes (what are hot cakes anyway?) Not only did Cyrus conquer Billboard, with 270 000 copies sold, Bangerz also reached the top of the iTunes chart in the US, as well as 69 other countries, including the UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia.
Congratulations, Ms Cyrus!
In some countries - New Zealand, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Argentina, Portugal, Sweden, among others - the record only made the top ten, which is still quite an accomplishment. As Bangerz charts all across the world, the buzz created by Cyrus going in the nude in Wrecking Ball is beginning to wear off by now, but Miley has been going on a string of promotional appearances of late. So much so, that she now needs a bit of rest to recover.
Review of Panic At The Disco's DVD Live In Chicago.
Continue reading: Panic At The Disco, Live In Chicago Album and DVD Review
Panic At The Disco
Fueled By Ramen
Already previewed with a UK tour prior to release, Panic At The Disco's second record has been highly anticipated by the alternative-favouring teen market. The Las Vegas quartet is currently on a tour in North America and they are confirmed for this year's Oxegen and T In The Park festivals.
Opener 'We're So Starving' is a bright tongue-in-cheek intro track that barely lasts 90 seconds and sees the band proclaiming 'you don't have to worry/we're still the same', which is something of a false statement if you've heard first single 'Nine In The Afternoon'. A fantastic and charming number, the employment of strings has seen it likened to The Beatles, which is certainly not a comparison which was obvious from band's debut album. It is also a good indication of the remainder of this offering. 'When The Day Met The Night' is ambitious with big brass arrangement and contains a bright chorus, while 'Pas De Cheval' (a ballet move if you didn't know) romps along and features a stand out guitar solo. Touted to be the next release, 'The Green Gentleman' heads in a bluegrass direction and could provide a good opportunity for future live audiences to dance, one they are familiar with it.
As with most experimentation, alongside the good comes the not so good. Titled with the moniker of a pub quiz team, 'Folkin' Around' isn't much better than a pub band, while 'I Have Friends In Holy Spaces' deliberately sounds like an old sixties' ditty and is ultimately unnecessary. Other tracks such as 'She's A handsome Woman' and 'The Piano Knows Something I Don't Know' are neither here or there, fading into the background without subconsciously grabbing your attention or requiring the skip button.
Any band that makes a departure from their usual output instead of playing it safe should always be commended for broadening their horizons. In this particular case the results have varied and it certainly isn't the album that Panic were expected to release, but it has its moments, even if it may alienate their core audience.
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